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Jail no place for the mentally ill

Sheriff Steve Helgeson is right. He runs the largest psychiatric facility in the county. That facility is the La Crosse County jail, where an increasing number of prisoners are battling mental illness. Helgeson says they book about 6000 people into the jail each year, and about 40% of those inmates indicate they have a mental […]

With Governor planning to spend more on roads, is county wheel tax necessary?

As the election nears, Scott Walker has suddenly become the road governor. He has already labeled himself the education governor, but after ignoring our crumbling roads, may be given the label of road governor as well. That’s because he has apparently had an epiphany that our roads really do need repair. When Walker spoke a […]

Getting dirty money out of politics

It is one of the top issues on the minds of voters, but something that political candidates rarely like to talk about. That is campaign finance reform, and keeping dark money out of our political races. Dark money is all the cash flowing into political campaigns from outside special interest groups which are allowed to […]

“Peace for our time” didn’t quite work out that way, 80 years ago

In the fall of 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made history by signing the Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler. That gave Germany parts of Czechoslovakia, as a way to avoid a second World War. Chamberlain is remembered for returning to England and showing off the treaty with Hitler’s signature on it. War started less […]

City Hall was for the birds, 26 years ago

The roof of La Crosse City Hall was crowded one morning in 1992, as spectators watched naturalist Pat Skewes place a box containing four peregrine falcons atop the six-story building. It was part of a DNR effort to get falcons to build a nest in the area. The number of falcons in the Mississippi Valley […]

October was a scary time, 54 years ago

In the middle of October that year, Nikita Khrushchev lost his job as first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party…less than a year after the assassination of America’s president, John Kennedy. Khrushchev was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev, who would continue as one of the top Soviet leaders for almost 20 years. The Russians put three […]